January 09, 2014
WICHITA, KAN. - George J. Farha, M.D., died Jan. 7, 2014. Farha was a founder of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita in 1971 and served as the first chair of the school's surgery department.
The George J. Farha Medical Library at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita is named in his honor for excellence in teaching and his substantial contribution to the medical community.
Among many teaching awards, Farha was the first recipient of the annual Thor M. Jager Award for excellence in clinical teaching in 1976. He also received a Jayhawker M.D. Award from the 1976 graduating class of the KU School of Medicine.
Farha served as Chairman of the Board of the University of Kansas Hospital Authority from 1999 through 2008, and continued to serve as a member of the Board after that time. The hospital honored him by creating the George J. Farha Patients First Fund, to address the needs of patient care.
Farha influenced the medical community not only in Wichita and the United States, but within organizations in his home country of Lebanon. He touched the lives of people around the world and will be greatly missed by the medical community.
The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita educates doctors for Kansas while improving the health of Kansans through research and innovation.
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